ottobre 23, 2018 - Skoda Racing

ŠKODA at RallyRACC Catalunya: New WRC 2 champion Jan Kopecký wants to crown season with another win

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  • With two rallies to go, ŠKODA works crew Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler is uncatchable in the WRC 2 overall standings of the FIA World #rally Championship 2018
  • ŠKODA Motorsport prematurely conquered the WRC 2 Championship for Teams for the fourth time in a row
  • After WRC 2 victory at the recent Wales #rally GB, ŠKODA youngsters Kalle Rovanperä and Jonne Halttunen aim for another category win at championship’s 12th round in Spain
  • ŠKODA Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek: “We are very proud that we could defend both WRC 2 Championship titles for drivers and teams.” Mladá Boleslav, 23 October 2018 

ŠKODA’s Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler will enter the upcoming RallyRACC Catalunya-Rally de España (25/10/–28/10/2018) as newly crowned WRC 2 champions. With only two rallies left in the 2018 season, the Czech duo is uncatchable in the WRC 2 overall standings.

Also, ŠKODA Motorsport already secured the WRC 2 Championship for Teams. (both titles subject to official publication of the results by the FIA) ŠKODA junior Kalle Rovanperä and co-driver Jonne Halttunen (FIN/FIN) compete for the first time in Spain and aim for another top result after their maiden WRC 2 win for ŠKODA at the recent Wales #rally GB. ŠKODA Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek is more than happy with his team’s 2018 season: “We saw a fantastic fight between Pontus Tidemand and Jan Kopecký for the WRC 2 championship. We equally granted six rallies to both drivers. Jan is doing his #rally number six in Spain. He can’t be caught by Pontus anymore, because he has already done six events.

We are very proud that we could defend both WRC 2 Championship titles for drivers and teams, ŠKODA crews winning ten out of eleven rounds of the WRC 2 championship 2018 so far. We warmly welcome Volkswagen entering the R5 competition for the first time with the Polo in Spain.” For ŠKODA Motorsport, RallyRACC Catalunya-Rally de España marks the end of a successful season. The final round of the FIA World #rally Championship, #rally Australia, never was part of the team’s 2018 program.

One of the toughest rivals for new WRC 2 champions Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler will be ŠKODA junior Kalle Rovanperä, who together with co-driver Jonne Halttunen recently won the WRC 2 category at Wales #rally GB right after his 18th birthday. “The victory in Wales was great. Hopefully we can keep this momentum into the Spanish WRC round to finish the season on a high,” says the young Finn.

Nevertheless, Kopecký also looks forward to Spain’s championship round with optimism. “I have a really fantastic season so far and could win every #rally I was competing in, in total five WRC 2 events and six rallies of the Czech #rally Championship. Last year, I missed the victory in Spain. After all the championship pressure is gone now, I will try my best to settle that bill,” emphasizes the Czech champion.